Posted: Thu 22nd Feb 2024

Tree-mendous! New trees set to be planted as part of city centre ‘redevelopment’ plans for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2024

Sixteen new trees are set to be planted as part of the ‘redevelopment’ of the city centre – as several are removed.

As part of the plans, confirmed this week by Wrexham Council, Yorke Street will have six upright growing Oaks planted  – whilst the planting on High Street and Town Hill will consist of Whitebeam, Hornbeam, Elm, Ginko, Honey Locust Cherry and Evergreen Oak.

The new trees are described as being a “more suitable species” which will be planted to “provide a more formal, uniform appearance; more in-keeping with the desired a to the High Street and Yorke Street.”

They will be planted in load-bearing, structured cell planting pits which will provide a better rooting environment and “one more conducive to healthy root development without any risk of future ground disturbance.”

When planted the trees will be between five and seven metres high.

To accommodate the works Wrexham Council will remove seven existing trees in Yorke Street and Town Hill.

The trees are young and of mixed species planted in an informal, ad-hoc scheme. Wrexham Council say that all efforts will be made to transplant the root balls of these trees to other, more suitable locations.

The council say due to the bird nesting season all the trees will be removed before March 1st.

Nigel Williams, Lead Member for Economy and Regeneration, said, “The removal of trees is not something we do lightly but the existing trees are not thriving well.

“The planned new paving provides the ideal opportunity to replace them with trees that are planted in a way that suits their environment to allow them to thrive in an urban environment.”

At the start of February asked Wrexham Council for an update / comment from the relevant lead member on the works on the High Street and Town Hill regeneration. We asked if the works are still set to go ahead due to the budget cuts and when are they due to start and be completed. At the time of writing – 22 days later – we have received no update / comment to share with you.

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